Conferencing in Universities and Colleges
Improving Performance, and Reducing Travel and Stress?
An event presented by the JISC-funded SusteIT project in collaboration with the EAUC Travel Coordinator’s Group, the Welsh Video Network and University of Warwick on the potential uses and benefits of conferencing for universities and colleges.
Date: Tuesday 6 March 2012
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Venue: University of Warwick and via livestreaming
This event aims to:
- Disseminate the latest research on conferencing usage, impacts and potential (which is considerable) from JISC-financed Green IT research projects by SusteIT (in collaboration with Janet UK) and the Welsh Video Network (WVN)
- Highlight successful uses of the technology within the sector, and their benefits to individuals and organisations
- Build a balanced view of conferencing use, which acknowledges that face-to-face discussion can be essential and that many conferencing applications are about supplementing and extending, rather than completely replacing it (hence our ‘physical’ event about virtual technology!)
- Debate potential sector level actions to increase uptake and overcome barriers – e.g., should England and Scotland be providing similar levels of support to that funded by the Welsh Assembly through WVN?
Who should attend?
Sector policy-makers; senior managers within institutions with an interest in extending reach, improving performance or minimising business travel; and AV, IT and travel coordinators.
Opportunities for remote participation will be provided by live streaming, messaging and other means.
| Time || Activity|
|10.00 – 10.30
||Registration and refreshments|
|10.30 – 11.00
Conferencing in the Sector – Research Findings
Peter James, Professor of Environmental Management, and Lisa Hopkinson, SusteIT Project Manager, University of Bradford
|11.00 – 11.30
||JANET Conferencing Services Today and Tomorrow |
Paul Bonnett, Videoconferencing Technical Co-ordinator, JANET
|11.30 – 12.00
||Conferencing at the University of Warwick|
Jonathan Owen, Audio Visual Service Owner, University of Warwick
|12.00 – 12.30
||Panel Discussion – Can conferencing reduce sector travel and, if so, how can it be achieved?|
Comprising a mix of speakers and travel coordinators
|12.30 – 13.30
||Lunch and Telepresence demonstration (optional)|
|13.30 – 14.10
||Videoconferencing in Wales|
Geoff Constable, Welsh Video Network Support Officer, University of Aberystwyth, and others (byvideo link)
|14.10 – 14.50
||Videoconferencing in Dutch Further and Higher Education |
Albert Hankel, Surfnet (Dutch equivalent of Janet), and others (by video link)
|14.50 - 15.00
||Comfort Break (no refreshments)|
|15.00 - 15.30
||Conferencing at the University of Bristol |
Heppie Curtis, Research Assistant, Greening Events II Project, University of Bristol
|15.30 – 15.45
To book a place at this event, please register here
To register to watch the live video feed, please register here